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priority and yes, i have read the bill. >> -- taxes. >> please don't yell out, this is america, this is memphis, tennessee, take two aspirin and come back in the morning. >> reporter: boos and cheers greeted ed perlmutter. proof people are passionate when it comes to health care reform. >> i just appreciate the fact that you're all willing to take time to come out. thank you for exercising your civic duty of talking to your congressman. >> scenes like that playing out all over america. and it's not only the crowds losing their cool at these town hall shout downs. listen to georgia congressman david scott get fired up when the topic came up at a town hall meeting just last week. >> not a single one of you had the decency to call my office and set up for a meeting. okay. then do that! do that! but don't -- don't come and take advantage of what these individuals have done. you want a meeting with me on health care, i'll give it to you. >> well, next hour, we'll tell you why that may not exactly be true in this case and show you much more on this very heated exchange. much, much mo
on terror. the news starts right now. >>> we begin with america's ferocious debate over health care reform growing more unhealthy by the day. across the country we're witnessing town hall meetings on health care devolving into shouting matches worthy of a jerry springer episode with people lashing out over who ultimately pays the bill for millions of medically uninsured americans. >> the event remained largely civil. huge crowds with hundreds more gathering outside. >> when the republicans controlled congress and the senate, why didn't you introduce and pass health care reform then? >> my biggest fear is this is going to get rammed down our throats. >> do we look like mob? >> this doesn't look like mob this. looks like home. >> some estimated that as many as another 800 couldn't get in and were locked outside. >> won't even let us in. they blocked us out. >> my son has the right to live. >> no doubt about it. >> my son has the right to health care. >> you don't really think you're going to get that, ma'am, in this bill, do you? >> you have to do something. >> that's what i hear from the li
sotomayor was sworn in this morning as america's 111th supreme court justice. chief justice john roberts administered the judicial oath during a public ceremony in the high court's conference room. it was the first time the court allowed tv coverage of a swearing-in ceremony. in spanish harlem, there was an enthusiastic viewing party. sotomayor is the first hispanic supreme court justice in u.s. history, and she's only the third woman to serve on the nation's high court, which is set to hear arguments in september, on september 9th in a campaign finance case. and coming in october, cnn will present "latino in america," a look at how hispanics are reshaping politics, business, schools and culture. in october only on cnn. >>> and there's been an alarming spike in iranian executions. the cause is unclear but it seems to have coincided with the re-election of disputed president ahmadinejad. president mahmoud ahmadinejad. amnesty international said there have been no less than 115 executions in iran in the past 50 days. now, it says, 24 of them occurred in one single day. we haven't been able
and then continue? >> i agree with you. i hold no for much of the practices of the insurance companies in america. don't get me wrong. we have to fix the pre-existing condition situation and we don't shout at my town hall meetings. i agree with you. we have to address the issue of people with pre-existing conditions, people who are unable to attain health care insurance and we should do it through risk pools and it is going to cost money. go ahead. >> and the other thing is, mayo clinic that you talked about having good practices is one of the ones that president obama has cited as being the type of medical facility that we should pattern our health care reform on. >> they just don't agree with his proposals. go ahead. >> they suggest some of the same things that the mayo clinic is doing and i have some experience with the mayo clinic. my husband, who was on medicare, chose to stay on regular medicare. so he had the choice of going to mayo. i chose an hmo with medicare. i am wondering, when we have that choice with our government-provided medicare, why are so many people opposed to a government-p
and privileges bestowed upon the occupant of this house but few mean as much to me as the chance to award america's highest civilian medal to the recipients that are here today. this is a chance for me and for the united states of america to say thank you to many so of the finest citizens of this country and of all countries. the men and women we honor today have led very different lives and pursued very different careers. they are pioneers in science and medicine. they are gifted artists and athletes. they have made their mark in the courtroom, in the community, and in congress. what you nighunites them is a b that most, forgive me to those of you who are not american but what we consider that most american of beliefs, that our lives are what we make of them, that no barriers of race, gender, or fiscal infirmity can restrain the human spirit. and that the truest test of a person's life is what we do for one another. the recipients of the medal of freedom did not set out to win this or any other award. they did not set out in pursuit of glory or fame or riches. rather, they set out guided by pass
's all somehow inevitable and that the only way for america to get ahead is for places like elkhart to be left behind. you hear that argument sometime in washington. but i know and you know that the truth is exactly the opposite. i'm here because i believe our ability to recover and to prosper as a nation depends on what happens in communities just like this one. the battle for america's future will be fought and won in places like elkhart and detroit and goshen and pittsburgh, south bend, youngstown, in cities and towns across indiana and across the midwest and across the country that have been the backbone of america. it will be won by making places like elkhart what they once were and can be again, and that is centers of innovation and entrepreneurship and ingenuity and opportunity. the whirring engines of america. we can't afford to run the race at half strength or half speed. if we hope to lead this century like we did the last century, we have to create the conditions and opportunities for places like elkhart to succeed. we have to harness the potential, the innovative and cr
, but not this time. >>> and he's america's money man. and president obama wants to keep him on the job. mr. obama revealed this morning that he'll nominate federal reserve chair, ben bernanke, nor for a second term, that announcement from martha's vineyard, where the family is vacations came through. he said bernanke has led the u.s. through the worst economic crisis that we've ever faced. he'll have to be confirmed by senate where some lawmakers might not be too happy with his first term. >>> promising news on the housing front, and it's about time. a closely watched index shows home prices have posted their first quarterly increase in 3 years. it was nearly a 3% jump from the first quarter but still down 15% from the second quarter of last year. home prices are now at home levels not seen since early 2003. >>> there's a lot of optimism about the economy in asia, but how about new york? cnn's richard quest joins us once again, but this time not from the front of the new york stock exchange, he's in brooklyn. what have you found there besides the waterfront, my friend? >> reporter: i've joined th
to the vfw on america's two foreign wars and the troops who are fighting them. you'll see it live right here in the "newsroom.." >>> two and a half months in the hurricane sen and bill and claude it light up the radar. hello, everyone. i'm kieyra phillips. you're live here in the "cnn newsroom." -- captions by vitac -- >>> and they fought for you. who fights for them. american veterans focused health care. we're pushing forward on both fronts. a live address to the vfw in this hour and a congressional session of conservative opponents to the health plan. you know we've covered their causes and criseses to tainted equipment at v.a. hospitals. there are people stories, not number stories. we can't ignore numbers like these. almost a million unprocessed claims. if claims are denied it can take a year and a half, sometimes much longer to go through the appeals. factor in a passionate fight to overhaul the nation's health care system and this becomes the scene outside president's adegree. cnn's ed henry joins me live. how does it push into this for reform? we sure know they want it.
and right for america. here in montana, we also know the value of an honest word. let me tell you, there is plenty of dishonesty out there about what health care reform will or will not do. now, you've all seen the tv show, mythbusters, right? i have been going around the state busting myths about health care, whether it is bogus information about rationing care, cutting benefits for sen yu y yurs or interfering with the doctor/patient relationship. these myths are being busted right open. they are just plain balogna. that's why our president is here to talk with us and help us spread the truth about health care reform. it will lower costs. it will give -- make sure every american has access to quality affordable health care. [ applause ] in closing, i want to thank all of you, the people i work for, for coming out today, for getting engaged and taking the initiative to get involved. that is the cornerstone of our democracy. that is why our nation remains the greatest on earth. >>> there you go. we are going to try and get that picture. it's almost like the interference you get fr
that has always moved america forward nap means once again having the best educated, highest skilled workforce in the world. that means a health care system that makes it possible for entrepreneurs to innovate and businesses to compete without being saddled with skyrocketing insurance costs. >> reporter: there you have it. essentially what we are likely going to be hearing from president obama in the days and weeks to come. once again, t.j., trying to make his case and make his argument, that health care reform is an issue that cannot wait. that lawmakers have to tackle it sooner rather than later. t.j.? >> yeah, elaine. we know the president's making his kashgs but seems like the other side of the debate, you could almost argue, other democrats in a lot of ways. where do the republicans fit in and what do they have to say? just seems like this debate is going back and forth between democrats an democrats. >> reporter: you're absolutely right. a lot of this, deep divisions with the democratic party over this. conservative blue dog we heard about before, as well as progressive. for th
geico's the third-largest car insurance company in america? nice tidbit there. boss: exactly. and i've been thinking, looking a bit more businesslike might help too. gecko: oh my. uhhh, no it's, what's, what's the word... vogeico. 15 minutes could save you 15 percent or more on car insurance. >>> so this is what everyone has been e-mailing us asking us to do, at least me. let's cut through the health care rhetoric right now. just the facts here. angie is here from a nonpartisan fact checking group. angie, let's jump right into it. my first one here is that all of -- let's just say there are a couple of different proposals. i think there's like three in the house, two to the senate, and they're all just proposals. no bill yet. there's no bill. all of the proposals include no pre-existing conditions and health care for all americans. true? >> they all include the no preconditions and they all expand medicaid, which is a health program run by the government for the poor. and we essentially have a bill in the house that three committees have injure dis ovju over and we're waiting for o
the president took no active part in the campaign, he left in the middle of one of the america's cup races to vote at boston's joy street police station. he had no comment on his brother's victory but political observers were quick to point out that the younger kennedy's race in november will be more than a local issue. >> a man who cares. edward m. kennedy endorsed democratic candidate for the united states senate. >> too many of our senior citizens are being forced to choose between neglecting their ailments or being p auchlt perized by them. >> vote for edward m. kennedy, the endorsed democratic candidate for the united states senate. >> the congress convenience. there are some new faces on capitol hill. among them are 12 new senators. of most interest is senator edward "ted" kennedy, the third brother to achieve success in the national political arena. >> from dallas texas, president kennedy died at 1:00 p.m. central standard time. 2:00 eastern standard time. some 38 minutes ago. >> making a final stop on his tour of ireland, senator edward kennedy finds 100,000 people in the streets t
. the united states, saying we are responsibility for some of the violence because of america's hunger for drugs and the guns crossing from the united states to mexico. the mexican officials want to actually see some more aid, some money here. it was more than $1 billion that former president bush dedicated to fighting the drug effort. $100 million has been delayed in fighting that effort because some members of congress say there are human rights violations that are taking place inside mexico from its own military. they don't want the funds to flow to mexico until that is resolved. third, it's the economy. they will take a look at what is happening, what is the state of the u.s. economy and the recession because it has such a tremendous impact on the mexican economy as well as the canadian one. don? >> suzanne malveaux traveling with the president throughout this trip and reporting for cnn. >>> the summit is taking place across a backdrop of rising violence. michael ware is in guadalajara and i asked him about that. >> reporter: if you look at the grand scheme of this drug war it is n
. >> in robert bork's america, there is no room at the inn for blacks and no place in the constitution for women. and in our america, there should be no seat on the supreme court for robert bork. and i urge the committee and senate to reject the nomination of mr. bork. >> so the vote 58-42 against robert bork. his nomination to the u.s. supreme court has been defeated. >> i want to sign a civil rights bill. i will not sign a quota bill. >> quota schmotas. foet iquotas are not the issue. job discrimination is the issue. >> senator kennedy eloquently said quota schmota. and he predicts a veto will be overwritten. >> time to provide equal opportunity to women and minorities no ifs, ands and buts, and no water-downed compromises either. >> president bush is ready to this country unilaterally into war in the persian gulf without the support of the country and without the support of the american people. i feel like i have to wind myself up just to get out of bed. then...well... i have to keep winding myself up to deal with the sadness, the loss of interest, the trouble concentrating, the lack of energ
some in latin america who have said that the united states is not acted strongly enough to return president zelaya to power. i wonder if you could talk a little bit about how you feel about what the united states should be doing or could be doing to restore democratic order in honduras. and prime minister harper, a few months ago the homeland security secretary of the united states went to canada, or at least aggravated canadian sensibilities when she compared the canadian border to the mexican border. and i wonder what you think about that and how you feel about the united states using some of the important strategies adopted on the southern border in the north. thank you. >> that's all? >> that's all, mr. president. >> well, first of all, i don't know if you're doing prognosticating about the midterm electilections which arr a year away. i and we'll do just fine. and i think when all is said on health care reform, the american people are going to be glad that we acted to change an unsustainable system so more people have coverage and we're bending the cost curve and we're gettin
, republican sarah palin wrote the america i know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with down syndrome will have to stand in front of obama's death panel. so his bureaucrats can decide whether they are worthy of health care. such a system is downright evil. in his weekly address, president obama fired back at opponents. >> and let me start by dispelling the outlandish rumors that reform will promote euthanasia or cut medicaid or bring about a government takeover of health care. that's simply not true. >> this week the president heads to new hampshire for a town hall meeting on health care. later, he'll visit montana, home state of max baucus, a key democrat trying to negotiate a deal on health care reform. elaine quijano, cnn, the white house. >> and of course, we do want to hear your thoughts on health care. send us your i-reports at >>> president obama holding talks at the top of the hour with the leaders of canada and mexico. the north american summit taking place in guadalajara is focusing on the fight against swine flu. plus regional trade issues and the drug
national party. >> i have come here tonight to stand with you to change america, to restore its future, to rise to our best ideals, and to elect barack obama president of the united states. >> senator ted kennedy in his own words. i'm joined now by wolf blitzer from washington, d.c. this morning. wolf, you have made a career of following politics obviously. this is a very, very big day and one that many people will be certainly very sad about. >> it's one day that all of us were bracing for over the past year since he was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. we knew it would come and we knew it would come relatively quickly, given the state of that cancer. he did go to duke university for medical treatment for surgery but the end was obvious to all who studied what was going on and we knew this day would come, a very sad day indeed for all of us. president obama is reacting to the news this morning of senator kennedy's death. our white house correspondent dan lothian is in martha's vineyard where the obamas are vacationing this week. clearly, dan, the president is upset given not only
that health care debate heat up even more, republicans arguing that america cannot afford an expensive overhaul of the system. >> elaine quijano in washington. thank you very much, elaine. >>> the health care bill not deterring the family taking a vacation on martha's vineyard tomorrow while bill is churning a couple hundred miles offshore. cnn's dan lothian is on martha's vineyard, which is an alittle known history regarding african-americans. >>. >> reporter: it's easy to see why martha's vineyard is such a big draw, the beach, the boats, the vintage carousel. but before you attach the label enclave of the rich and fame ou, long-time summer residents and harvard professor charles ogletree says take a look around. >> it really is one of these rare place where is you see people who unemployed and ceos. you see people who are wealthy and poor and there's no pretension here. people are very comfortable. >> reporter: even if sitting presidents keep dropping in. first it was ulysses s. grant, then the clintons, now president obama and his family are preparing to stretch out on this 28 1/2
now to explain what that means is alan hartigan of america's town hall and cheryl galloway, the interim director for americans for prosperity. how do you feel about the town hall today? do you think it was successful? >> absolutely. it was a great event. we put this together in four weeks to have a crowd of 5,000 people in four weeks, is just phenomenal. over 20 organizes were represented. you helped out with that, i spoke to you earlier, you were part of organizing events as well as tea parties. how do you feel about what happened here today? >> i love to see the energy here. it's hot, august day, everybody was burning up. but there was a lot of enthusiasm and energy. people are glad to be able to tell their view, their side of the story. what they want to see washington do. i love seeing that people were ve responsive. i gave a speech to positive alternatives and people were enthusiastic about that as well. >> even on such a hot day, it was interesting to see how many people came out here. but from thevent these guys organizes here today, across the country, we've been he
obama came into office, many in america and around the world hoped he would breathe life into the prospects for a peace deal between israel and the palestinians. obama fed that hope by quickly appointed a man on the issue, appointed a man on the issue, a man of integrity, former senator george mitchell, who had negotiated the peace accords in ireland. it is considered by some to be the most right wing in memory, as is the new government. the prime minister netanyahu had been fiercely critical of any kind of palestinian state. his foreign minister had previously called for what some had characterized as leaders from israel. obama and netanyahu have clashed to expand settlements over the west bank. there has been some forward movement. prime minister netanyahu did accept the idea of a palestinian state about a month ago. there were some caveats. on the palestinian side, some positive news. the palestinian authority is becoming somewhat less corrupt and more competent. hamas seems to be losing some support, even in gaza, where living conditions continue to be hellish. will t
. not a global regulator. we're not going -- the united states of america should never agree to have an international regulator that tells it what to do and what not to do with its economy. but there are some things i think that it looks like now are going to come out of this meeting, some sort of regulation of tax havens. that's a healthy thing. that would be a healthy thing globally. some regulation perhaps of hedge funds and things like that, and so i think we'll probably see that, and i think the obama administration will be going along with that. >> what about the core financial issue, which is what to do with these banks? you wrote an op-ed in the financial times which you basically remembered the experience of japan's last decade when you were in high government office and you pointed out that the key problem was they didn't deal with the bad banks fast enough and decisively enough. they kept these sort of zombie banks alive. >> right. >> well enough not to die, but not well enough to actually give loans. now, it does seem like there may be some similarity here in that we are
's nomination to the supreme court in 1987. >> in robert bork's america there is no room at the inn for blacks and no place in the constitution for women and in our america there should be no seat on the supreme court for robert bork. >> reporter: for many it is fitting that kennedy became an early supporter of barack obama, the first black president. reaching out to all the groups he championed in the past to carry his civil rights legacy to the future. the hope rises again and the dream lives on. >> reporter: tom foreman, cnn, washington. >>> among those who have studied, admired, really looked into and delved into the kennedy legacy and ted kennedy as well, roger wilkins. he's a journalist. he's a lawyer, social activist, author of the 1982 autobiography "a man's life" and the publisher of the naacp magazine "the crisis." good to see you. >> nice to see you. >> this is an incredible day because it is a day we have heard so many who have admired ted kennedy talk about the mourning. at the same time it's the celebration of his life. give me your impressions of all that has taken place over th
incumbent upon me as associate justice of the supreme court of the united states of america. under the constitution and laws of the united states. so help me god. >> congratulations and welcome to the court. >> lots of firsts taking place today. it's the first swearing in to be televised. this one taking place at the white house. that's why we go to elaine. the first hispanic american. give me an idea what meeting will take place between she and the president? >> that's right. of course this is a huge victory for president obama, his first high court appointee getting sworn in today. an emotional moment, first of all, as sonia sotomayor was sworn in by chief justice roberts and her mother and brother looking on there. for his part, president obama did not attend. why is that? the president himself wanted this to take place at the supreme court itself, not the white house. it has been done in the past, because he wanted to send a message about the court and the symbol of the court's independence, according to court and legal sources. instead, there will be a reception for now justic
john ashcroft looks back, not in anger, but in awe, in "never again, securing america and restoring justice," ashcroft writes about his role in wake of 9/11 and his defense of the patriot act. >>> and still to come, former vice president cheney's memoirs scheduled for publication in spring of 2011. that should be interesting. he's expected to give detailed accounts on differences with his boss, specifically in their second term. and former defense secretary donald rumsfeld also has a book deal. his book will cover his entire political career. >>> former swimsuit model murdered and mutilated and jammed in a suitcase. the manhunt intensifies for her reality star ex-husband. fancy feast appetizers. simple high quality ingredients like wild alaskan salmon, white meat chicken, or seabass and shrimp in a delicate broth, prepared without by-products or fillers. new fancy feast appetizers. celebrate the moment. >>> unemployment's high and credit is tight. but the fed says recovery is still on the way, and soon. my health is important to me. it's critical that i stick to my medication. i can
as the largest townhall so far on health care. this one is called "america's health care townhall." and you can see the folks there. let's walk around and show you some of the folks. 1,000 people here. people streaming in and out. the crowd was a little larger earlier. up on the stage. dick armey, former house of representatives majority leader and a conservative radio talk show host. doctors, other people up on the stage there talking about -- their concerns about the plan. not many specifics about what they're concerned about. mostly talking what they disagree with. who they don't want involved in the plan. mostly they don't want involved in the plan, the president, speaker of the house and also the majority leader. but there are folks we have been seeing signs of, about, no obama care. no socialized medicine. socialized medicine is killing people. read the bill. and there are some crazy signs. but that is very, have to say, only a very small percentage of the people who have signs that may be sort of deemed as something you wouldn't want shown on television or you wouldn't want said about an
to recapture the spirit of innovation that has always moved america forward. that means once again having the best educated, highest skilled work force in the world. that means a health care system that makes it possible for entrepreneurs to innovate and businesses to compete without being saddled with skyrocketing insurance costs. >> reporter: so as the country tries to climb out of the economic doldrums, president obama, they're trying to make the case once again that part of what will help the recovery is to overhaul the nation's health care system. the president basically saying, look, that is a way to aleve some of the economic pressure facing america's businesses. >> what about republicans? what's on their agenda? >> reporter: as you can imagine, republicans are continuing to say what they've said all along here, they say, let's get this thing done right. let's not rush it. that's esexually what we heard in today's republican address. also, republicans raise the issue of cost. take a listen. >> in this difficult recession, americans and/or government are already overextended. the de
of central america as well. they, and others, are bought and sold and cnn's michael ware, is going to document it for us. he takes you to places most dare not go. this is a powerful report and i would like you to see. stay with us. we'll be right back. >>> it's always one of my favorite kind of newscasts. it tests an anchor's ability when everything seems to go down, sound, pictures, technical problems. guess what else is going down. the twitter board. we've been watching the same thing for the past half hour. it seems like twitter is down, interestingly enough. we will muster through regardless, thanks to you. i want you to take a look now at lebanon, pennsylvania. this is something else we have put together for you. before i show you this loud conversation on health care outside arlen specter's town hall meeting that we showed you a bit of earlier, there are a couple of things i want you to look for. you will hear a man in blue who describes himself as a veteran and you will hear a woman that tells that man that she has as much right to speak as he does. then, i want you to look
is you've founded an organization called upgrade america. what is this about some. >> upgrade america kinds of brought it out of katrina. it's kind of a social organization that allows young people to channel their energy into being -- in order to empower each other and move forward and be positive. we like to do positive things in the community, so rather than complaining about the problem, we twri to upgrade america. so we do everything from ballot guides during the last presidential location to going back to new orleans and rebuilding, also dealing with d.c. issues here in d.c., as well. so we do a lot of different things. just trying to upgrade america using young people's energy. >> four years later, thanks so much for talking to us and for making a difference. >> thank you very much. >>> and we'll check back in with you i'm sure on the fifth anniversary, as well. >> have a great day. >>> well, it is news that came a little too late for big papi. a federal appeals court ruled federal agents had no right to seize players drug test result which is were supposed to be anonymous. >>>
humanity and asserted their rights. >> we're continuing our discussion tonight on america's issues on race. one red-hot controversial issue in particular is the sometimes strained relationship between african americans and the police. warren valentine is the host of "the warren valentine show," and he's also a former prosecutor. he's joining us live. he's in atlanta. thank you very much. you're usually by satellite. good to see you. >> good to see you, don. >> we have been discussing one of the comments i have been hearing from african americans that african-americans are too sensitive on racial matters but it's not always matters of race. >> it's not. the situation in boston with sergeant crowley, i was one of the main people saying look, this is not racial profiling taking place. i said it on my national show and my local show in chicago. however, one of the things that's not being discussed here is what happened, and this is what is going on in black america. have you 2 million people incarcerated in this country. 1 million are black. when you look at officer crowley falsifying a police
owner. she's against the president's plan to reform america's health care system. thank you so much for joining us. listen, i want to talk to, let's start with debbie real quick. debbie, what is your position in regards to the president's health care forum and the plans today? did you see anything about it that you liked in all of this? >> no, i did not. as a libertarian, first of all and foremost, i'm opposed to the government intervention in it to begin with. one of the things that i find particularly offensive about this is i don't have insurance, and i don't want insurance. there's no provision for me or people like me in this plan. >> you don't want health care insurance? >> mandatory insurance plan. >> you don't want health care insurance at all? >> no. i would like to have some insurance if it were affordable. in my opinion, it's insurance that has caused the problems in health care to begin with, and when we have a mandatory insurance program, this is basically a corporate welfare subsidy for insurance companies. >> yeah, you know, i hear you, debbie. i'm not exactly sure if
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. >> with everybody in america had the provisions that our members have, there wouldn't be a health care crisis. >> reporter: it's like a health care cooperative, a community-based, nonprofit organization owned by its members, a group that uses its strength in numbers to negotiate competitive rates with health care providers. and that's an idea gaining traction on capitol hill. robert burns, a professor of health care management at the university of pennsylvania, said the key to co-ops is size. 20,000 to 50,000 enrolles minimum needed. >> if they're not big enough, then they won't be able to do either of those two things, hold down the administrative costs internally or negotiate good rates externally. >> reporter: even then it may not be enough. do you see health care co-ops as the silver bullet to this debate? >> no. as i told my class last night, it's part of the silver buckshot. >> reporter: so, one of many that needs to be done for health care reform. he agrees, it may not suit everyone's health care needs, but he's at least hoping that it will force americans to think outside the box. >>
." >>. >>> divers look for bodies in the hudson river. >>> a growing appetite in small town america. good morning, everyone. i'm tony harris and you are in the cnn "newsroom." temperatures are reaching a pitch and the chanting, the yelling, the hard to reach the debate through all of the noise. to determine what happens with health care reform, we'll cut through all of that noise and get to the issues and the real concerns. we are hearing some of those concerns and questions in a town hall meeting that is wrapping up right now in missouri. it is sponsored by democratic senator clair mckas sill and covering the town hall in missouri and she joins us live. brianna, you just heard moments ago and the folks at home heard as well, there's been so much noise with some of the town halls, particularly with the house members, we're talking about a senator here. what's been the tone of this town hall event? >> tony, this event has been very civil. in fact, i have to watch my voice because senator mckas skill is 30 feet away from me and i don't want them to hear me in there. certainly senator mccassil is a
always tell a story, and here in mexico, that story is the war raging on america's doorstep. being fought for the right to supply america's demand for illegal drugs. a war becoming more violent, more ruthless, mostly because of one group. to even begin to understand that violence, come with me. here in a barrio in the southern mexican city of veracruz. imagine, if you will, a band of special forces, green beret soldiers go rogue and offer their services and their firepower to the drug cartels. well, that's precisely what's happened in mexico. in the 1990s, commandos from the mexican army deserted and set up their own cartel, known as the los zetas. the los zetas, a group that the u.s. government now says is the most technologically advanced, sophisticated and dangerous cartel, operating in mexico. and this is an example of some of their most recent work. until not so long ago, this was the home to a local police commander. promoted just two months before. and at 5:00 a.m. one morning, two cars pulled up in these streets. eight or nine gunmen got out, armed with assault rifles and 40 milli
saw the officer at his door. that is years and decades of fears of a black man in america. an many whites don't see that as justified. the officer, likewise went to the door and saw he had a breaking and entering call. an unknown black man in the house at the moment. he is a human being. he has fears and biases. so i think that both of the took a turn for the worst. and they both probably played into the worst of some of the things we have seen in our country and our history. >> while people's opinions may have changed over the past few days, of the sergeant and professor you, mention, the president getting a lot of flak for, you know stepping into it, he was blamed in part for helping to heat it up. should he also be getting credit now for helping to cool it down? >> i think he should. it would have been easy for him to say i am the president of the united states, i got better things to do. i said what i said. get over it. he didn't dupe that. i think he, we need to remember he is a human being too. and this issue of race is a complicated one in our country. and the dialogue that
. there are so many different philosophies and idea in america. i don't think any, any plan that comes out, will be acceptable to one part of the population or another to a very significant degree. and it's jealousy when somebody has something that you can't have, it bothers you. so i would look to suggest that there be one benefit plan for every american in this system. and then people who want to -- >> what's your question? >> then people who want to have other benefits besides that they can do something like the medicare supplemental insurance plans. so i would look to ask your opinion on that? >> both, both senator, well i shouldn't say, i shouldn't never speak for senator bachus. i feel in this area that maybe i can say that he and i are working toward something that is going to give americans more choice than what you are suggestion would be. now, will we be able to, working and talking, and i don't know there will be a product or not. but we are working towards a direction of having people to have choice. >>> the townhall held by senator chuck grassley. none of this is stopping. the
continues to fascinate, even in her role as america's chief diplomat. and there is a good reason for it. it is extremely rare to find the chief political rival of a candidate has been offered a high post in his cabinet. that might be a feature of the european political system, but in america, it is rare. in fact, one probably has to go back 150 years to find a parallel. and the parallel is quite striking. then the republican party's front runner from the state of new york, a seasoned politician with much experience, was william henry seward. but the party chose to pass over him in favor of a one-term congressman from illinois, with the reputation for soaring rhetoric and idealism, a man named abraham lincoln. lincoln then goes and appoints seward his secretary of state. so also the seasoned hillary lost out to a newcomer from illinois and obama appointed her secretary of state. but almost everything else is different today. the secretary of state was once the unrivaled architect of american foreign policy, but now he or she competes with the secretary of defense, the national security a
that the american people get a fair deal when it comes to health care in america, please give max baucus a big round of applause. >> in private, top presidential advisers ab advisers acknowledge that the fight has reached a critical stage as the opposition has reef reached soming. >> reporter: by comparison, the president's town hall here was pretty tame, thou he did get one pointed question that reflected the strong opposition he is facing. >> we keep getting the bull. that's all we get, is bull. you can't tell us how you are going to pay for this. the only way you are going to get that money is to raise our taxes. you said you wouldn't. >> look, you are absolutely right, that i can't cover another 46 million people for free. >> reporter: the president did not shrink from the challenge and vowed again he will not raise taxes on the middle class to pay for the difference. >> when i was campaigning, i made a promise that i would not raise your taxes if you made $250,000 a year or less. that's what i said. i said, for people like myself, who make more than that, there is nothing wrong with me paying a >>> can't you tell? this make-or-break month for health care reform in america. look at all these town hall meetings going on just today. and some of them happening right now. florida, pennsylvania, senator specter again, montana, and nebraska, also hagerstown, maryland, and that's where senator ben cardin hosts a meeting this hour. we're keeping a close eye on this one. cardin actually got booed and jeered monday at his town hall in towson. and in new jersey, congressman steve rosman hosting that one. and there's a bunch of town halls in iowa. >>> republican senator chuck grassley is hosting four of them today. the second one is wrapping up this hour. the president praised grassley yesterday as a republican that is honestly coming up with a health care reform both parties can live with. he's one of the group of six senators from both parties heavily involved in the negotiations. this event earlier in winterset was pretty civil, but the crowd of 3000-plus wasn't giving the senators any softballs either, take a listen. >> like i said, i'm a dumb, southern iowa red neck, and i see nowher
of the real discussion that america deserves. >> our senior white house correspondent, ed henry, is traveling with the president. first montana, later today, colorado. why these locations specifically? >> reporter: partially because these are not necessarily democratic areas friendly. president made a point to come to montana, colorado, in the mountain west. the democratic presidential candidates had abandoned thinking they couldn't win in previous elections. he won some of them. he is trying to translate the health reform debate. when you talk to a white house debate, you say, look, he can have a reasoned debate with people that don't agree with him. he is showing a counterweight with the other town hall meetings. trying to turn the temperature down on things, saying, look, we can have a reason to face a civil debate. he had one here in montana yesterday at the town hall. only one sharp exchange, one or two. one that got a lot of attention, a man pretty blunt, plain spoken, saying all i'm getting from you and democrats is bull. the president repeated his campaign pledge and said, we will hav
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a thing of the past... we're america's health insurance companies. supporting bipartisan reform that congress can build on. >>> next thursday's vote marks afghanistan's second-ever direct presidential election. more on efforts to protect voters. we've been talking about this for a while. a lot of polling stations to be looking at across this country. what specifically are they doing? >> reporter: they're trying to go into villages that have been under strong taliban control for years, if not since 2001. they're trying to secure the areas so they can help the afghan citizens feel comfortable enough to go out and vote. the latest that we're seeing is in helmand province, a province where thousands of u.s. marines have been flooding into this summer trying to secure and hold areas. now they've gone to a northwestern district, 80 days before the election. they are saying that they are in the efforts of securing but at the same time, in eight days the afghan people may not feel more comfortable enough to go out and vote. heidi? >> i guess that would be the major concern. no matter wh
insurance company in america? nice tidbit there. boss: exactly. and i've been thinking, looking a bit more businesslike might help too. gecko: oh my. uhhh, no it's, what's, what's the word... vogeico. 15 minutes could save you 15 percent or more on car insurance. >>> it is a make or break month on health care reform. as our lawmakers are back at home during their august recess meeting with their constituents, trying to discuss health care reform. cnn's ali velshi has been traveling the country as well during this august recess, traveling on the cnn express gauging the pulse of america. gauging what people are feeling about health care reform and ali, we've both seen a lot of town hall sessions and forums that have become quite tense. i understand, a lot of people you've talked to, are you haven't had that same kind of tension. >> no, not at all, in fact. we have had disagreement, there's no question. we've traveled 1,000 miles in six days and people think health care reform is very urgent, needs to happen now. and those who think it's moving too quickly and we've had them in the same plac
of the united states of america in grand junction, colorado. we are so proud of you. >> thanks. >> my name is maria elena wells and i live in mt. rose, colorado and i am a naturalized citizen and i am proud to be an american. >> thank you. >> i, as a child i had polio and i have had a series of surgeries, 52 of them to correct my poor structure of bones, between here, mt. rose and the mayo clinic in phoenix, arizona. i have been blessed with good insurance, generally excellent doctors and care. however my major concern and costs, even with good and -- even with the good insurance, our costs have been high practically when i have been gone out of the network. why should our doctors' treatment choice be limited by a geographic area or the state? what kind of competition is this, mr. president? >> okay, all right. >> thank you. >> this raises an important question because it goes to the overall debate that's taking place out there right now. when we talk about reform, you hear some opponents of reform saying that somehow we are trying to ration care or restrict the doctors that you can see, o
is that this could escalate to an international incident. especially given the tensions between the iraq/iran/america triangle. arwa damon, cnn, baghdad. >> all right, we had gotten this reaction just in from the state department in to cnn. it stays a senior state department official says while they have not had access to the americans they have no reason to doubt the reports of their detention on iranian state tv. also in iran today, more than 100 people who took part in june election protests are on trial, accused of trying to overthrow iran's government. the defendants include a former vice president and other pro-reform political leaders. a prosecutor accuses the defendants of being tools of foreign powers, but reformists are blasting the trials, and they say defendants have been denied access to lawyers. itn has this report for us. >> reporter: this trial is an it tempt by the authorities to defuse the growing criticism in iran of the abusive treatment of these detainees. by bringing about charges of rioting, holding illegal rallies, clashing with security forces, and acting against national sec
reform in america. what happens next, actually in the next three weeks, could decide if one of the president's two biggest domestic priorities goes forward or gets thrown under the bus as we speak. we're going to talk to our ali velshi coming up in a little bit as he's traveling across the country. actually talking to folks like you are seeing here in new hampshire as the president is meeting and greeting and getting ready once again to push for his health care reform. let's listen in. >> thank you! thank you! thank you so much. thank you! everybody have a seat. thank you. oh, thank you so -- i love you back. thank you. it is great -- it is great to be back in portsmouth. it is great to be back -- it's great to be back in new hampshire. i have to say, though, that most of my memories of this state are cold. so, it's good to be here in august. there are a couple of people that i want to acknowledge who are here today, some special guests. first of all, i want to thank principal jeffrey collins and the portsmouth students and faculty and staff. thank you. our host for today. y
, coming this october, cnn will present latino in america, how latinos are changing america, reshaping politics, business, schools, and neighborhoods. latino in america this october on cnn. >>> a guilty verdict for the former congressman who hid $90,000 in his freezer. william jefferson was convicted on 11 corruption charges including bribery and money laundering, the money found in his freezer came from an fbi informant. >> the citizens need to have confidence in their government and when someone sells their office, it replaces that confidence in their public officials with cynicism. $90,000 in a freezer is not a gray area, it's a violation. he sold his office for the least common denominator about what public service is about and that's personal wealth and greed. >> jefferson faces as much as 150 years in prison when he is sentenced in october. his attorney says he will appeal. >>> bringing in rob marciano now from the severe weather center to take a look at this with me to water spout. love these, right? but it was from the air, you can tell you see a little bit of the aircraft. dor
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